COVID-19 Resource Center for Advocates

Tips for Video Chatting with Young Children – Staying Connected While Far Apart

Children as young as 8 months old respond very well to interactions with people via video chat platforms. Research shows that interactive, responsive experiences in real time via video chat enhance even very young children’s language learning. This means as long as the person on the other side of the screen is interacting with and responding in real time, they are not only staying connected to the young child, but can also have many of the positive impacts of responsive communication.

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How to Use Zoom Meeting and Video Conferencing

This video will help you learn how to set up your meetings and video conferencing with children and caregivers. Please note that for the virtual trainings and meetups listed on our events calendar, you will just follow the instructions to join those existing meetings (these meetings have already been set up by others, so no set up is required on your part!)

In this video, the presenter is going to be showing you how to use Zoom in 2020 for both meetings and video conferencing. Although this Zoom tutorial is primarily for teachers (he often references “lectures” rather than “meetings”), it is a quick tutorial that covers all the basics you need to learn how to use Zoom and launch your own Zoom meeting and video conferencing within 5 minutes.


If the caregivers for your CASA child are struggling, there are many community resources that exist to help. We do not want any child’s needs to be unmet during this time. Here are some examples:

If your CASA child is in need of resources other than what is listed above or documented below, please let your CASA Supervisor know, and we will find a community resource to meet those needs.

Child, caregivers, and family contact checklist for CASA Advocates

Please find below a new checklist we have developed to guide you in your Advocacy during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are guidelines that are strongly encouraged but not required. Please contact your supervisor if you have any questions.

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Download the checklist here.

CPS Caseworker Guidelines DURING COVID-19

Below are the guidelines that have been given to the CPS Caseworkers who work with our children. These guidelines are for your information only so that you are aware of how CPS is operating at this time.

These guidelines DO NOT have any bearing on how CASA Advocates are conducting visits or our advocacy. These are for informational purposes only!



How Trauma May Impact Children During The COVID-19 Pandemic | Presented By Dr. Bruce Perry

This discusses stress, distress and how the pattern of stress can determine whether stress is destructive (sensitizing) or positive (resilience building). Focus on the current COVID-19 pandemic.


Messages For Parents, School Staff, And Others Working With Children

As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.